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RoofRack/wheel wooble when in holder(6 posts)

RoofRack/wheel wooble when in holderAnT23
Dec 16, 2001 10:26 AM
Hi Folks:

I have a Saris roof rack with the wheel holders. Now, I wanted to ask if someone knows how to stop the wheels from woobling when in the holders. I have prevented them from spinning by placing a cord throught the spokes, but the wooble is strong. I am afraid that the wheels may just pop out of the holders and cause an accident by falling in the middle of traffic. Not to mention the constant fear of loosing an integral part of your precious bike.
re: RoofRack/wheel wooble when in holderjtolleson
Dec 16, 2001 12:33 PM
If it is anything like my Yakima, just don't worry about it. First, of all, the wheel isn't wobbling, the wheel fork (ie., rack mount) is. It can't be helped. Better for the fork to absorb the shock and bumps than for your wheel, I guess.

That's my take from my experience.

As for the wheel popping loose, if it can't be removed by a firm tug then I can't see it popping off mid-drive.
re: RoofRack/wheel wooble when in holderjaybird
Dec 17, 2001 6:52 AM
Don't worry about the wobble, it is just the fork mount. I have a Yakima system and I use a web strap around the rack crossbar and the rim. It keeps the wheel from spinning and will keep it with you if the qr doesnt hold. I did this after losing a wheel doing 75mph on the Massachusetts Turnpike...
same rack system here...Js Haiku Shop
Dec 17, 2001 7:18 AM
but no wobble, at least not that i've noticed.

have had a wheel pop off on one occasion, but it was a rough country road at about 85 mph, windy and cold day. the wheel seemed to be in there pretty good, but there it went. lucky it didn't cause an accident.

for the wobble, i'm not totally sure what's wobbling here. consider tightening the wheel holder to the rack, make sure the wheel QR is firmly closed...if you still don't have a warm & fuzzy feeling about the wheel staying on, either throw it in the trunk/back seat, or secure it to the rack with a bungee cord or other fastener.

personally, on trips longer than an hour, the bike(s) go inside the car...
brave man!4bykn
Dec 17, 2001 12:33 PM
Rough country road, 85mph, and your bike on the rack! Sounds like tempting fate!
indeed! esp with a Saris racknm
Dec 17, 2001 1:00 PM